per·​jure ˈpər-jər How to pronounce perjure (audio)
perjured; perjuring ˈpər-jə-riŋ How to pronounce perjure (audio)

transitive verb

: to make a perjurer of (oneself)
dated : to cause to commit perjury

Examples of perjure in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Crucially, Judge Scott McAfee didn't actually conclude that Willis had perjured herself or received a material financial benefit from hiring or dating Wade. Aysha Bagchi, USA TODAY, 18 Mar. 2024 Listen to this article Donald Trump’s loyal longtime finance chief Allen Weisselberg headed back to Rikers Island for five months on Wednesday for perjuring himself during the New York attorney general’s civil fraud case against the ex-president. Molly Crane-Newman, New York Daily News, 10 Apr. 2024 Defense lawyers in Trump's hush money case have argued that Cohen perjured himself again during his testimony in the civil fraud trial, further diminishing his credibility. Peter Charalambous, ABC News, 13 May 2024 Additionally, there’s also the possibility that Trump could perjure himself — or knowingly make false testimony — while on the stand, Fairley said. Brendan Rascius, Miami Herald, 10 May 2024 In the criminal complaint filed last year, prosecutors alleged Price voted on matters connected to his wife’s business and perjured himself by failing to reveal his financial interest in those matters on disclosure forms that must be filed with the city. James Queally, Los Angeles Times, 27 Mar. 2024 When the jury ruled in Jackson's favor, Judge John G. Gregory surprised everyone by throwing out their verdict, saying Jackson had perjured himself in the Milwaukee trial. Chris Foran, Journal Sentinel, 29 Jan. 2024 More questions were raised when one-time attorney Paul Paradis, who ghost-wrote the lawsuit filed against the city and admitted taking a kickback, told a federal judge in November that an FBI agent testified in two affidavits that Feuer perjured himself before a federal grand jury. Dakota Smith, Los Angeles Times, 22 Feb. 2024 Those attorneys had bashed the decision, claiming Shedd perjured himself on the witness stand at the behest of prosecutors. Alex Riggins, San Diego Union-Tribune, 20 Dec. 2023

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Word History


Anglo-French parjurer, perjurer, from Latin perjurare, from per- detrimentally, for the worse + jurare to swear — more at per-, jury

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of perjure was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Perjure.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


per·​jure ˈpər-jər How to pronounce perjure (audio)
perjured; perjuring ˈpərj-(ə-)riŋ How to pronounce perjure (audio)
: to make (oneself) guilty of perjury

Legal Definition


transitive verb
per·​jure ˈpər-jər How to pronounce perjure (audio)
perjured; perjuring
: to make a perjurer of (oneself)

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